Newswise — LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, May 10, 2019 -- Press conferences for the 177th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America will be held Tuesday, May 14 in the Laffoon Room at the Galt House. The morning and afternoon press conferences will focus on research into human sounds and language learning, protecting wildlife from man-made obstacles and potentially helping authorities respond faster in an active shooting situation, as well as other discoveries in acoustics. 

To register via email and watch live online, please visit this page. Videos of sessions will be available by request to the media line ([email protected]) after May 15. 

SCHEDULE OF PRESS CONFERENCES FOR MAY 14 (Note: All press conference times are in Eastern Time) 

10-11 a.m. Eastern

  • Brian Monson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) - How Much Language are Children Exposed to in the Womb? (Poster session: "Average daily speech exposure for fetuses," 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 14 in Grand Ballroom C)
  • JoAnn McGee (University of Minnesota) - Can Sound Protect Eagles from Wind Turbine Collisions? (Presentation session: "Bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) monitor their immediate acoustic environment vigilantly," 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, in Grand Ballroom C)
  • Klaus Genuit (HEAD Acoustics GmbH) - Signals to Noise in Acoustic Vehicles Alerting Systems (Presentation session: "How to design vehicle alert signals?,” 2:35 p.m., Monday, May 13, in Segell Room)
  • Rene Weinandy (German Environment Agency) - Signals to Noise in Acoustic Vehicles Alerting Systems (Presentation session: "Should hybrid and electric vehicles have acoustic alerting systems?," 2:55 p.m., Monday, May 13, in Segell Room) 

1-2 p.m. Eastern

  • Mark VanDam (Washington State University) - Toddlers Are Great at Getting Conversation Started (Poster session: “Preschoolers initiate more conversations than their parents,” 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, in Grand Ballroom C) 
  • Jay Schwartz (Emory University) - Scientists Suss Out Secrets of Human Screams (Poster session: “What is a scream? Acoustic characteristics of a human call type,” 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 15, in Grand Ballroom C) 
  • Sebastien Hengy (French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (ISL)) ­- Locating a Shooter from First Shot via Cellphone (Presentation session: “Integrating acoustic shooter detection into a hearing protection device,” 9:25 a.m., Monday, May 13, in Jones Room) 



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The 177th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America will be held Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17, at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Reporters are invited to visit the ASA Conference website here to find conference programming and research abstracts. A full technical program, including all conference abstracts and details, is available here. Access to short version (lay language) papers being presented at the conference can be found here


Main meeting website: 
Technical program: 
Press Room:


In the coming weeks, ASA's World Wide Press Room will be updated with additional tips on dozens of newsworthy stories and with lay language papers, which are 300-500 word summaries of presentations written by scientists for a general audience and accompanied by photos, audio and video. You can visit the site during the meeting at


We will grant free registration to credentialed staff journalists and professional freelance journalists. If you are a reporter and would like to attend, contact the AIP Media Line at 301-209-3090 or [email protected]. Our media staff can also help with setting up interviews and obtaining images, sound clips or background information. 


A press briefing will be webcast live from the conference Tuesday, May 14, in the Laffoon Room of the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky. Register at to watch the live webcast. The schedule will be posted at the same site as soon as it is available. 


The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is the premier international scientific society in acoustics devoted to the science and technology of sound. Its 7,000 members worldwide represent a broad spectrum of the study of acoustics. ASA publications include The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (the world's leading journal on acoustics), Acoustics Today magazine, books, and standards on acoustics. The society also holds two major scientific meetings each year. For more information about ASA, visit our website at


Meeting Link: 177th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America